BG tabs pair of new coaches

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School has named Brandin McDonough head coach for its boys’ volleyball program.

McDonough has spent the past five years as an assistant on Bob Kasun’s boys’ volleyball coaching staff. Kasun will stay on as BG girls’ volleyball coach.

McDonough was instrumental in helping the Marauders to the school’s first two District 6 championships (2013 and 2014).

McDonough, a 1997 BG graduate, played volleyball collegiately at Tri-State University (now Trine University) in Angola, Indiana, from 1997-99, and was part of the Thunder’s 1998 MIVA-NAIA championship team.

Both McDonough and his wife Audrey -also a member of the Marauder boys’ volleyball coaching staff-coached with the Revolution Boys Volleyball Club, where they have trained players from both BG and State College.

In 2013, McDonough also helped coach the Keystone Regional Volleyball Association’s Boys High Performance Team to a bronze medal finish at the 2014 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“Coach Kasun’s departure with the team will leave me with big shoes to fill,” McDonough said. “We’ve both worked so hard over the past five years to elevate this program to where it is today. But we can’t go backward now. It’s our obligation to coach [Kasun] to keep improving and for BG to become a fixture in the PIAA landscape.”

Merilli returns to BG softball

A familiar face has returned to coach the BG softball program in Joe Merilli.

Merilli coached BG from 2007-11 when the Lady Marauders won the school’s only District 6 championship. That D6 championship team advanced to the PIAA state semifinals. He recorded a 68-38 record during his four years at BG.

Merilli also served as pitching coach and advisor for two years (2012 and 2013) at NYU PolyTechnic in New York City. Under his direction, the NYU PolyTechnic pitchers were ranked in the top 30 nationally.

Merilli also started the BG junior high softball program in 2004 along with coaching the Altoona Express Travel Softball team and managing for five years in the Pittsburgh Power Softball Organization.